4D Theater

The Maritime Aquarium's new cinematic experience sends the action spilling off the two-story screen and over the audience with thrill-enhancing sensory special effects, such as scents, bubbles, wind, mists and more!

Our new state-of-the-art theater is showing two films throughout the day: Happy Feet 4D Experience and BBC Earth's Shark: A 4D Experience®.

Guests in the 4D Theater don 3D glasses, which are turned in and cleaned after every show.

In addition to our new 4D theater experience, guests can now enjoy our new Sound Bites Cafe, a We Proudly Serve Starbucks® location! Click here to learn more.


  • Films alternate every 20 minutes beginning with BBC Earth's Shark: A 4D Experience® at 10:20 a.m.
  • Happy Feet 4D Experience plays at 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 1:45, 2:45 & 3:45.

  • BBC Earth's Shark: A 4D Experience® plays at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 & 4:15.


Tickets for a 4D movie are $7 per person ($6 for Aquarium members). Maritime Aquarium admission is optional.

Happy Feet 4D Experience

Tap into adventure! Journey to Antarctica where you’ll meet a lively cast of penguin characters, including Mumble a heart-warming, tap dancing Emperor Penguin.
  • 13 minutes long

Shark: A 4D Experience®

Explore the complex nature of some of the world’s most strange and mysterious ocean species in BBC Earth’s Shark: A 4D Experience®
  • 12 minutes long

4D Theater Trailers

Happy Feet 4D Experience

Put on your dancing shoes and boogie with Mumble in Happy Feet 4D Experience. Journey to Antarctica to meet a lively colony of Emperor Penguins faced with a diminishing food supply. Mumble sets out on an adventure to appeal to the better nature of humans and tries to reason with them to stop stealing the fish. Using courage and bravery, the banished Mumble soon realizes that his toe-tapping talent isn’t a burden, but a gift to be treasured—and his dancing feet may ultimately save his endangered colony! Featured in digital 3D and brought to life with 4D multi-sensory effects, this is an immersive experience for the whole family to enjoy. Length: 13 minutes.

HAPPY FEET and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.  (s22)

BBC Earth's Shark: A 4D Experience®

Come face to face with some of the world’s most strange and mysterious shark species. These extraordinarily intelligent underwater giants each exhibit unique behaviors to navigate their ever-changing environment. Essential to the fragile balance of our ocean’s health, BBC Earth’s Shark: A 4D Experience® explores the complex nature of these magnificent creatures’ survival instincts. Stunning 3D and special effects place you right in the middle of the action as sharks reveal their hidden traits while roaming an eerily beautiful underwater landscape. Length: 12 minutes.

The BBC and BBC Earth are trademarks of the British Broadcasting Corporation and are used under licence. BBC logo © BBC 1996. © BBC Studios 2016. 

© Morné Hardenberg/Atlantic Edge Films

Please keep in Mind: This 4-D Experience® could aggravate certain medical conditions. It involves special effects: loud noises, strobe and laser-like lighting effects, fog effects and seats with a poke in the upper back, all coordinated with an action-packed film experience.
The Experience is not recommended for guests with: a heart condition, medical sensitivity to strobe lights, laser-like lighting effects or fog effects, back, neck or similar physical conditions or sensitivity to loud sounds.
A warning to parents: The Experience may be frightening for small children. Please supervise children at all times. Children under 7 must be accompanied by a person 14 or older.
Accessibility: May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV, Assisted Listening and Closed Captioning Available

Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

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Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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